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UK prime minister appoints suicide-prevention minister

AP  |  London 

Britain's has appointed a as part of a national effort to reduce the number of people who take their own lives.

named to the newly created post as representatives of 50 countries gathered in Wednesday for a mental health summit. She also pledged 1.8 million pounds (USD 2.4 million) to ensure the Samaritans charity can continue to offer a free counselling hotline.

Some 4,500 people take their lives every year in England. The Campaign Against Living Miserably, dedicated to preventing male suicide, described the appointment as groundbreaking.

says the move helps by "shining a light on and its devastating effects, de-stigmatising the issue, and continuing to build support for all those affected across the UK.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 15:55 IST